Hillary Clinton is the presumptive Democratic nominee for president, according to an Associated Press survey of delegates and superdelegates which places her at the proper amount to clinch the nomination. She would be the first woman to lead the presidential ticket of a major political party.
Almost eight years after she ended her campaign against Barack Obama before a crowd with many teary women and girls, Mrs. Clinton signaled the news to a jubilant crowd at a campaign stop in Long Beach, Calif.
“I got to tell you, according to the news, we are on the brink of a historic, historic, unprecedented moment, but we still have work to do, don’t we?” she said. “We have six elections tomorrow, and we’re going to fight hard for every single vote, especially right here in California.”
Like Mr. Obama eight years ago, Mrs. Clinton clinched the Democratic nomination with the support of hundreds of superdelegates — the party insiders, Democratic officials, members of Congress, major donors and others who help select the nominee. Under Democratic rules, these superdelegates — approximately 720 in all — are allowed to back any candidate they wish and can change their allegiance any time before the convention in July.
The potential switch, though it appears unlikely, is something Bernie Sanders has been counting on, and may be why Clinton is hesitant to accept the AP’s laurels at this time.
— Hillary Clinton (@HillaryClinton) June 7, 2016
NBC has followed suit.
— All In w/Chris Hayes (@allinwithchris) June 7, 2016
— CNN (@CNN) June 7, 2016
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